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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment


Dr Xuan Zhu



  • First semester 2016 (Flexible)


The unit provides a practical introduction to the principles, techniques and applications in GIS for environmental problem solving and decision making. It covers a wide range of topics including general nature of spatial data, spatial data quality, georeferencing, raster and vector approaches, spatial data management, spatial analysis, spatial modelling, spatial visualisation, terrain analysis, and GIS applications in land use analysis, hydrology, ecology, geoscience, environmental policy and decision analysis.


Upon successful completion, students will be able to:

  1. Understand the fundamental principles of GIS;
  2. Comprehend the nature of spatial data and their importance in environmental science
  3. Identify environmental problems that can be solved with GIS;
  4. Grasp basic GIS skills;
  5. Demonstrate a high level of skills in the use of GIS software (ArcGIS);
  6. Design GIS-based solutions to environmental problems.


Within semester assessment: 75%
Exam: 25%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


ATS3259, APG4758